On May 20, 2018, the Strengthen the Church offering will be collected at St. John’s UCC. The offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations and will help the UCC fulfill its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices which meet the emerging needs of local communities.
In 2017, support of UCC congregations made possible 12 awards totaling almost $350,000 through the *New and Renewing Spiritual Communities grant program. **The Adese Fellowship program launched its first class of 14 future church leaders; and there was the addition of 24 new faith communities to the UCC. This is in addition to the great ministry happening in our local conference.
*New and Renewing Spiritual Communities grants strengthen UCC congregations by providing funds to assist in community revitalization or support new churches. Grants are awarded each year to fund ministries that impact their communities toward a Just World for All.
**The Adese Fellowship is a 12-month program which maximizes the capacity of fellows to launch businesses that will help end system poverty. Participants engage in theological reflection and business development as they create enterprises that help their communities follow the way of Jesus and live into God’s economy.